An updated procurement strategy and policy which ensure best value and make it easier for smaller organisations to bid to work with the council and support the services communities have said matter most to them, have been approved.
At its meeting today, Thursday, 30 November 2017, members of Argyll and Bute Council approved the Procurement Strategy and Sustainable Procurement Policy, which guides the way the council buys goods and services over the next year.
Councillor Rory Colville, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Corporate Services, said:
“The council’s new Procurement Strategy and Sustainable Policy are aimed at ensuring we procure goods, services and work in the most economical way by providing a value for money service that also delivers financial savings that can be used for frontline services.
“The documents have been prepared in response to the changing procurement agenda and the current financial climate and put the people of Argyll and Bute first.
“Local businesses, suppliers, contractors and the third sector play an extremely valuable role in supporting the services we provide. We recognise the value of these relationships and the documents help remove any barriers faced by organisations with limited resources in bidding for work tendered for by the council."
The council also supports the local economy by awarding as many contracts as possible to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In 2016/2017 the council spent £132 million on a range of goods, services and work from third parties, of this 83.3% was spent with SMEs.
Support is also available through training workshops, procurements surgeries and Meet the Buyer workshops.
Councillor Colville continued: “Wherever possible we will have community benefit clauses in large contracts where contractors offer sub-contracting opportunities to local businesses and provide training opportunities to local young people.
“As a council we are determined to keep boosting the local economy and procurement and the input of our communities in the process is vital.”
The documents are updated every year and feedback from customers and stakeholders is crucial.